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Blasi, et al. v. Bruin E&P Partners, et al.

Docket No. 20200327
Oral Argument: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 2:45 PM

Docket Info

Title
David A. Blasi and Paula J. Blasi, as Trustees
of the Blasi Living Trust, on behalf of themselves
and a class of similarly situated persons, Plaintiffs
v.
Bruin E&P Partners, LLC and Bruin E&P Operating, LLC, Defendants
Case Type
CIVIL CERTIFIED QUESTION : CERTIFIED QUESTION OF LAW (Civil)
Appeal From
Case No. 3:20-cv-00085
2021 ND 86959 N.W.2d 872
Oral Argument 4/6/2021

Highlight

The following royalty provision in an oil and gas lease unambiguously establishes a royalty valuation point at the well:

Lessee covenants and agrees:

To deliver to the credit of the lessor, free of cost, in the pipeline to which lessee may connect wells on said land, the equal [fractional] part of all oil produced and saved from the leased premises.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
02/22/2021 DEFENDANT BRIEF (Bruin E&P Partners, LLC, Bruin E&P Operating, LLC, & Kraken Development III LLC) View
02/22/2021 DEFENDANT BRIEF (Lime Rock Resources, et al. & EOG Resources, Inc.) View
02/22/2021 DEFENDANT BRIEF (Continental Resources, Inc.) View
03/23/2021 PLANTIFF'S REPLY BRIEF (Blasi) View

Counsel

Party Type Name
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Joshua Allen Swanson - 06788
DEFENDANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Robin Wade Forward - 05324
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Zachary Evan Pelham - 05904
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Jacob Scott Janoe - 07461
DEFENDANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Paul Jonathan Forster - 07398
PLAINTIFF PRIVATE PRACTICE Michael Scott Montgomery - 05089
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Mitchell D Armstrong - 05892
AMICUS CURIAE PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
DEFENDANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
PLAINTIFF PRIVATE PRACTICE Not Licensed in ND - 00002
PLAINTIFF PRIVATE PRACTICE Kyle Gene Pender - 06300

(Note: Attachments may not be available for recently filed cases and/or confidential documents.)

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 11/30/2020 CERTIFICATION ORDER (and docket sheet) View
2 11/30/2021 PLAINTIFF BRIEF DUE : 01/11/2021
3 12/02/2020 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION (20200330) : VandeWalle, Gerald W.
4 12/07/2020 Rec'd $312.50 filing fee from Defendants
5 12/15/2020 Rec'd $312.50 filing fee from Plaintiffs
6 12/15/2020 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - REX A. SHARP
7 12/21/2020 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
8 01/08/2021 MOTION TO DECLINE TO ANSWER CERTIFIED QUESTION BY PLAINITFFS/APPELLANTS - RspDue : 01/22/2021
9 01/11/2021 PLAINTIFF BRIEF View
10 01/11/2021 PLAINTIFF APPENDIX
11 01/11/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - MATTHEW SALZMAN
12 01/11/2021 DEFENDANT BRIEF DUE : 02/10/2021
13 01/11/2021 Non-Compliant Amicas Curiae Brief rec'd; revised ACB filed 1/22/21
14 01/14/2021 ACTION BY CLERK (MATTHEW SALZMAN PRO HAC ADMISSION) - Granted
15 01/15/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of PLB & 4 copies of ATA from CSD
16 01/20/2021 Rec'd $10.50 e-filing surcharge (Receipt #28055)
17 01/14/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - CHARLES T. SCHIMMEL
18 01/14/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - ISAAC L. DIEL
19 01/14/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - GREGORY M. BENTZ
20 01/21/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
21 01/21/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
22 01/21/2021 ACTION BY CLERK
23 01/22/2021 Response Filed to Motion to Decline to answer Certified Question - Bruin and Kraken
24 01/22/2021 Response Filed to Motion to Decline to answer Certified Question - Lime Rock
25 01/22/2021 Response Filed to Motion to Decline to answer Certified Question - EOG
26 01/22/2021 Response Filed to Motion to Decline to answer Certified Question - Continental
27 01/22/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - GEORGE A. BARTON
28 01/22/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
29 01/25/2021 Rec'd e-filing surcharge $0.50 from Bruin and Kraken
30 01/22/2021 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF BY WHITE RIVER ROYALTIES, LLC & SARA CAMMACK
31 01/22/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
32 01/22/2021 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF (WHITE RIVER ROYALTIES, LLC AND SARA CAMMACK) View
33 01/26/2021 Rec'd non-substantive corrections to ACB
34 01/27/2021 MOT. EXT/TIME DEFENDANT BRIEF
35 01/27/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 02/22/2021
36 01/27/2021 ACTION BY CLERK (MOTION FOR PRO HAC - BENTZ)
37 01/27/2021 Motion to Decline to Answer Certified Question at this Time To Be Considered With the Merits
38 02/08/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of ACB from CSD
39 02/22/2021 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICAS CURIAE BRIEF BY NORTH DAKOTA PETROLEUM COUNCIL
40 02/22/2021 ACTION BY CLERK (NDPC AMICAS) - Granted
41 02/22/2021 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF (NORTH DAKOTA PETROLEUM COUNCIL) View
42 02/22/2021 DEFENDANT BRIEF (Bruin E&P Partners, LLC, Bruin E&P Operating, LLC, & Kraken Development III LLC) View
43 02/22/2021 DEFENDANT APPENDIX (Bruin E&P Partners, LLC, Bruin E&P Operating, LLC, & Kraken Development III LLC
44 02/22/2021 Oral Argument Request by Defendant (Bruin E&P Partners, LLC, et al., & Kraken Development III LLC)
45 02/22/2021 DEFENDANT BRIEF (Lime Rock Resources, et al. & EOG Resources, Inc.) View
46 02/22/2021 Oral Argument Request by Defendant (Lime Rock Resources, et al. & EOG Resources, Inc.)
47 02/22/2021 DEFENDANT BRIEF (Continental Resources, Inc.) View
48 02/22/2021 Oral Argument Request by Defendant (Continental Resources, Inc.)
49 02/22/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - BRUCE A. KRAMER
50 02/22/2021 ACTION BY CHIEF DEPUTY CLERK
51 02/22/2021 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICAS CURIAE BRIEF BY AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE
52 02/22/2021 ACTION BY CLERK (API AMICAS CURIAE) - Granted
53 02/25/2021 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF (American Petroleum Institute) View
54 02/22/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - JASON A. NEWMAN
55 02/22/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
56 02/22/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - LAURA SHOEMAKER
57 02/22/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
58 02/22/2021 MOTION FOR PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION - MACEY REASONER STOKES
59 02/22/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
60 02/22/2021 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICAS CURIAE BRIEF BY HESS BAKKEN INVESTMENTS II, LLC
61 02/22/2021 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted
62 02/22/2021 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF (HESS BAKKEN INVESTMENTS II, LLC)(non-sub corrections dated 2/26/21) View
63 02/26/2021 Rec'd non-substantive corrections to ACB (Hess Bakken)
64 03/01/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of DTB & Appendix from CSD (Bruin/Kraken)
65 03/01/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of DTB from CSD (Lime Rock)
66 03/01/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of ACB from CSD (NDPC)
67 03/01/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of ACB from CSD (API)
68 03/01/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of DTB from CSD (Continental)
69 03/01/2021 Rec'd non-substantive corrections to DTB (Bruin E&P Partners, et. al.)(Table of Authorities)
70 03/02/2021 Rec's 5 copies of ACB from CSD? (HESS BAKKEN INVESTMENTS II, LLC)
71 03/04/2021 MOT. EXT/TIME REPLY BRIEF
72 03/04/2021 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (21 extra pages granted for RYB) - Granted : 03/23/2021
73 03/23/2021 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
74 03/23/2021 PLANTIFF'S REPLY BRIEF (Blasi) View
75 03/24/2021 Rec'd 5 copies of RYB from CSD
76 03/26/2021 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Nelson, David W.
77 03/26/2021 MOTION FOR ADDITIONAL ORAL ARGUMENT TIME BY APPELLEES
78 03/26/2021 Response Filed to MOTION FOR ADDITIONAL ORAL ARGUMENT TIME BY APPELLEES
79 03/27/2021 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE - Granted
80 04/06/2021 APPEARANCES: Rex A. Sharp; Michael Montgomery; Isaac L. Diel; Charles T. Shimmel; Gregory M. Bentz
81 04/06/2021 Matthew J. Salzman; Robin W. Forward/Daniel Donovan; Paul J. Forster; Ragan Narseh
82 04/06/2021 Daniel M. McClure; Rebecca J. Cole/Jeffrey C. King; Ronald H. McLean; Elizabeth L. Tiblets
83 04/06/2021 ARGUED: Rex A. Sharp/Matthew J. Salzman/Daniel Donovan/Jeffrey C. King
84 04/06/2021 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
85 05/20/2021 DISPOSITION
86 05/20/2021 SPLIT OPINION : Jensen, Jon J. View
87 05/20/2021 Dissent : Nelson, David W.
88 05/20/2021 By Order of the Court, costs to neither party
89 05/20/2021 Judgment
90 06/11/2021 File Closed